Every year we get together with Global SharePoint Experts, Microsoft Speakers and MVP’s to bring you the best possible sessions across a wide variety of tracks, this year is the best yet!
Alex has been working on educational projects for the last 8 years using Microsoft products to increase learner’s knowledge. Following 5 years of working in public state schools he moved back in the corporate world developing SharePoint solutions for Local Education Authorities. As Learning Platform Solutions Architect at Redstone, Alex gets to build the most advanced learning portals for students, staff, parents and the local community.
Alex was awarded SharePoint MVP in 2008 and runs the Learning Gateway User Group. He is also the co-founder of the Learning Gateway Conference run annually in the summer.
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Andrew Connell is an independent consultant that enjoys development, writing & teaching. He has a background in content management solutions and Web development that spans back to his time as a student at the University of Florida in the late 1990’s managing class websites. He has consistently focused on the challenges facing business today to maintain a current and dynamic online presence without having to rely constantly on Web developers or have a proficiency in Web technologies.
Andrew is an nine-time recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award (2005-2013) for Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) & Microsoft SharePoint Server. You can learn from Andrew as when he teaches hands-on courses through Critical Path Training (www.CriticalPathTraining.com) or through one of the many on-demand classes he has published though Pluralsight (www.Pluralsight.com). He has authored and contributed to numerous MCMS and SharePoint books over the years including his book Professional SharePoint 2007 Web Content Management Development by WROX, Inside SharePoint 2010 by MSPress and Real World SharePoint 2010 by WROX among others and is the author of numerous articles on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) & various magazines.
Andrew has presented at numerous conferences and taught in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Spain, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. You can find Andrew on his blog (http://www.andrewconnell.com), follow him on Twitter @andrewconnell or email him at email@example.com.Andrew is speaking in:
Ant is Founder & CEO of Soulsailor Consulting Ltd, Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor, author of ‘The SharePoint Governance Manifesto’, trained facilitator and one of a new breed of SharePoint business technology consultants. Known to ask clients repeatedly “Why?” until they breakdown and admit “they just don’t know”, Ant works extensively on client projects using collaborative play techniques, to help them innovate and align technology to organisational outcomes, whilst changing the way they work through facilitation, visualisation, Gamestorming and storytelling.
Ant spends his time consulting, coaching, delivering workshops and training, writing and speaking on a range of topics including SharePoint, Collaboration, Requirements Facilitation, Governance, Change Management and Adoption.
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Ben Robb works for a professional services company in their Global SharePoint Centre of Excellence, deploying SharePoint throughout their complex internal environement. He was previously the CTO of a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in intranet and website design and build, providing expert consultancy to clients such as Barclays, Aviva, Catlin and Deutsche Bank. He has been given the Microsoft “Most Valuable Professional” award for the past five years for his work on SharePoint, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world.
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Bill Ayers is a consultant developer and software architect who has been working on SharePoint since the 2003 version of the product, and is a Microsoft Certified Master and MCSM.
He specializes in web content management and Intranet portals. He has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry, and speaks regularly at international conferences and user groups. He is also a moderator on SharePoint.StackExchange.com, and blogs at http://SPDoctor.net/.
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Brendan Griffin is a Senior Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft UK where he assists Microsoft’s largest customers to implement, manage and maintain SharePoint. He has been working in the IT industry since 2000 and began to specialize in SharePoint shortly after the release of SPS 2003. Brendan is a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in SharePoint 2010 and is a regular blogger at http://aka.ms/fromthefield.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007 he worked for a Microsoft Gold Partner where he provided managed service support and consultancy to a wide range of customers across all verticals.
Brendan is based in Yorkshire and outside of IT he is a big boxing, fitness and retro gaming fanatic!
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Brett Lonsdale is a co-founder of Lightning Tools (A provider of essential SharePoint tools and web parts). Brett has specialised in the Business Data Catalog and Business Connectivity Services since 2007 and has authored “The developers guide to the SharePoint 2007 Business Data Catalog” as well as “SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services”. Along with Rob Foster, Nick Swan and Jeremy Thake, Brett co-hosts the SharePoint Pod Show where you can listen to members of the SharePoint community being interviewed on their area of specialisation. Brett is also one of the organisers for SharePoint Saturday UK over the past three years. In his spare time, Brett enjoys spending time with his daughter Rio, Formula 1, and kickboxing. You can follow Brett on twitter @brettlonsdale or visit his blog on lightningtools.com/blog.
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Chris (BSc), previously a SharePoint Administrator for 3 years is now a trainer for Combined Knowledge. Chris trains our Power End Users with a long term goal of training administrators and developers. Whilst training and studying SharePoint, Chris also develops our End User Adoption solution, contributing content for the product and finding ways to improve its functionality. He has worked on projects with businesses involving large scale SharePoint implementation and has written a course for the new Nintex Forms 2010 product.
Providing IT support and in house training for his previous company,
he has good knowledge on a variety of Microsoft systems, SAP, Java
products and has qualifications in both desktop and networking.
With experience working in both a call centre and also in a IT systems
and infrastructure support role, Chris has extended knowledge on
supporting SharePoint after it has been deployed. Chris aims to go
back to his roots by teaching SharePoint administration and working
alongside other SharePoint administrators. He also has a keen interest
in development and in the not so distant future would also like to
branch off into the world of SharePoint development.
Chris lives in Leicester, UK and has an enthusiastic and entertaining approach to training.
Chris O’Brien (MCSD.Net, MCTS, MVP) is an independent SharePoint consultant with over 9 years experience working with complex projects on Microsoft technologies. Chris is still very much a hands-on developer, and has led several large-scale web initiatives including e-commerce, WCM, intranet, back-end integration and workflow projects. Past clients include BP, Microsoft, London’s Metropolitan Police Service, the Ministry of Defence (UK), Northern Ireland government and Standard Chartered Bank. With a background in ASP.Net/Content Management Server/Commerce Server, Chris’ current main area of focus is building public websites on MOSS and he continues to learn with every project.
In addition to his day job, Chris runs a highly-regarded blog focused on the development aspects of SharePoint at www. sharepointnutsandbolts.com, and has created several popular community tools such as the SharePoint Content Deployment Wizard. Chris is also a regular speaker at the UK SharePoint user group, and is based in London, England.Chris is speaking in:
Dan Holme's 18 years of experience and his impact on hundreds of thousands of IT professionals and business decision makers have earned him a reputation as one of the world's most respected consultants, authors, and experts on Microsoft technologies.
Dan, a native of Colorado, resident of Maui, and graduate of Yale, has been recognized as an MVP for six years, and one of the top ten partner MVPs in the world. Dan has penned hundreds of articles for SharePoint Pro Magazine and numerous best-selling books for Microsoft Press.
Dan served as the Microsoft Technologies Consultant for NBC Olympics during the broadcast of the 2012 Olympics in London, a role he also played in Torino, Beijing, and Vancouver.
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Dux Raymond is the Global Vice President of Customer Strategy & Solutions for AvePoint. He is responsible for leading the development and delivery of strategic customer solutions that drives positive business transformation and enables organizations to achieve their overall mission.
With over 15 years of business & technology management experience, he has successfully facilitated the implementation of various business transformation solutions for commercial, educational and public sector organizations.
Dux is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a SharePoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP), he has authored various white papers, articles and the book "SharePoint for Project Management" published by O'Reilly Media.
Eric Shupps is the founder and President of BinaryWave, a SharePoint consultancy and ISV headquartered in Irving, Texas, and Director of BinaryWave Limited, based in Bristol, England. Eric has worked with SharePoint Products and Technologies since 2001 as a consultant, administrator, architect, developer and trainer. He is an advisory committee member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth SharePoint Community group, participating member of the UK SharePoint User Group and Regional Evangelist for the International SharePoint Professionals Association (South Central United States). Eric has authored numerous articles on SharePoint, speaks at user group meeting and conferences around the world.
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Ian has worked with SharePoint since its first release in 2001, both as a developer and subsequently as a solution architect. Ian believes in a hands-on approach and has been actively involved in a large number of SharePoint projects across industries as diverse as financial services, food manufacturing, petrochemical, professional services, retail and engineering. Ian regularly speaks about business application strategy and implementation at events and conferences around the country, as well as organising regular meetings of the SharePoint User Group in Southampton.
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John Timney is a Principal Strategy Consultant based in the UK. Much of his interest and day to day work is around Business Impact and Technical Strategies for Collaborative Solutions based on SharePoint, including Architectural Assurance and Governance, Project Management, Service Assurance and Delivery and Accessibility compliance. He is currently employed by Capgemini and is based in the North of England.
With 20 years in IT, he has a lot of experience to draw upon and has architected some of the largest and most influential SharePoint systems currently deployed. John has in the past co-authored a number of books and is active in the Technet forums daily. He also reviews for some of the world’s leading book companies and recently co-authored the SharePoint Handbook. He is a veteran Microsoft SharePoint MVP, the North east Co-ordinator and a regular speaker for the Sharepoint User Group in the UK.
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Mark is an independent consultant who has been
working with SharePoint technologies since the
introduction of SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Working mainly in the collaboration space Mark has
a keen focus on driving effective business knowledge management. From a developer background Mark has recently moved
more into application design and SME type roles. Mark has worked for many leading organisations such as 3i, McLaren F1, Kellogg,
Unilever, Savills Plc, Macmillan Cancer Support and many more. Mark is also the North West regional Co-ordinator for the SharePoint User Group (http://suguk.org), arranging and speaking a meetings in the Manchester area.
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Matthew is a founder and director at Aptillon, Inc, an eight-time Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP and part time trainer for Critical Path Training. Matthew specializes in SharePoint Integration, Strategy and Implementation Consulting helping his clients solve business problems with SharePoint. Matthew is a speaker, content author, blogger and specialist in SharePoint technologies focused on web content management, collaboration, search and social computing.
Matthew’s free time is spent as a canine handler for K9 Search • Austin, a volunteer K9 search team serving the FBI and Austin & San Antonio Police Departments. An accomplished cook and bartender, in his spare time Matt spends as much time with his wife as his dog will allow.
Mike Fitzmaurice is the Vice President of Product Technology for Nintex, a global company committed to delivering out-of-box productivity solutions built for and with SharePoint Technology, and is responsible for product direction, evangelism, technical marketing, and technical business strategy. Until May 2008, he had spent more than 10 years at Microsoft, the majority of that time working on Windows® SharePoint® Services and Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server in roles including developer evangelism, competitive strategy, enterprise consulting, user education, product marketing, and technical event planning. Before joining Microsoft, Fitzmaurice served as Director of Research and Development at Advanced Paradigms Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based Microsoft Solution Provider Partner, as well as a five-year tenure as IT Director of the National Association of Broadcasters.
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Mirjam van Olst works as a SharePoint Architect for Avanade in the Netherlands. She has been helping companies to implement SharePoint solutions since 2004. Mirjam is one of the very few Microsoft Certified Masters for both SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master SharePoint (2013).
Mirjam is a co-organizer of the Dutch Information Worker User Group (DIWUG) and a regular author and editor for the popular DIWUG eMagazine. She also contributes to the SharePoint community by blogging at http://sharepointchick.com, writing articles and speaking at SharePoint events on a regular basis. Mirjam has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award since 2010.
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Neil Hodgkinson (PhD, MCM : SharePoint Server 2007 & 2010) is a Senior Engineering Service Engineer with Microsoft Office Division engaged as a Senior Escalation resource for Office 365. Starting his IT career as a SQL and ASP developer Neil transitioned to SharePoint Technologies back in 2000 when nobody really knew what an incredible platform it was to become. Primarily his role is keeping the Microsoft SharePoint Online platform in good shape and adhering to the best practice guidance for very large scale deployments. Neil is an instructor and content owner for SharePoint Enterprise Search and FAST for SharePoint Search on the Microsoft Certified Master Program. He has spoken at many internal, external and partner conferences for Microsoft and is a founder contributor to the Microsoft Field Engineering blog at http://sharepoint.microsoft. com/blogs/fromthefield.
Neil hails from Manchester and outside of work is a fan of classic rock music and UK metal bands but most of all enjoys spending time at home with his wife watching their three young children having fun and living life.Neil is speaking in:
Over 40 years in the IT industry, Nigel is an Independent SharePoint Consultant who has worked with a number of Microsoft Gold Partners.
The last 14 years has been spent working with MCMS and SharePoint from SP S2003 to MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2010 and has spent the last two years working exclusively with Sharepoint 2013 and Office 365
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Paul is a Solutions Architect working with Trinity, an MS Gold Partner Professional Services company and based out of their London office. He has been working with SharePoint since the 2003 version and has a wide experience of SharePoint across many industry verticals. With a long background in supporting Windows technologies, Paul originally entered the SharePoint world as a developer/IT Pro hybrid which has stood him in good stead as an architect.
Paul is one of the co-organisers of the SharePoint User Group UK - London region and can often be found at user group events around the UK and Europe as both speaker and attendee, as well as on Twitter using the handle @Cimares.
Paul Schaeflein (MVP, MCTS) is an application developer with experience in all versions of the SharePoint platform. Paul has managed and worked on development teams building applications on SharePoint. As an instructor, Paul brings this realworld experience to the classroom.
Paul is an active writer, providing contributions to books, online periodicals, numerous CodePlex projects and his weblog. Paul has presented at many user groups and code camps, as well as the SharePoint Best Practices conference. Currently, Paul is on the advisory committee for Microsoft’s patterns & practices group, working on SharePoint Guidance.
Paul has more than two decades experience in architecting, designing and developing software solutions. This experience covers a vast range of technologies, languages and industries. Having developed many line-of-business applications, Paul has a firm grasp on the challenges that corporate developers face when integrating them into a corporate portal.
Paul lives outside of Chicago, IL with his wife and three children. Paul spends his summers over the charcoal grill and his winters at Blackhawks games.Paul is speaking in:
Paul has over 15 years’ experience in the consultancy world with the last 10 being SharePoint focused. He was involved in the Tahoe JDP, working through all versions of SharePoint and has worked on the early implementations of the new technologies including installing the first production Exchange 2000 (1999) and MOSS 2007 (Aug 2006) servers in Europe. Paul is also the Worldwide Services Competency leader for SharePoint in HP Software and this role includes knowledge transfer to consultants in HP and customers as well as working with a major customer on their 2010 migration and governance plans. He is currently the working on the SharePoint 2010 TAP for developing HP Trim software as well as the internal implementation of SharePoint and Records management for 300,000 users.
His main expertise is as a Solution Architect in Information Management (IM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and compliance solutions based on the Microsoft SharePoint Technologies. He also specialises in the Web Content Management area with external facing portals such as http://www.business.govt.nz/default.aspx and partner based portals for well-known companies. His latest project is with a European Car manufacturer, who are transferring their Notes applications into SharePoint. The SharePoint delivery will be cloud based and Paul is the lead architect for this work. Other recent projects have included the role of solution architect for to Dutch, Canadian, Irish, Finnish and UK Government departments for their eCollaboration requirements including compliance regulations.
When not travelling the world (testing economy class seats) Pauls main distractions are sailing and power boating as well as watching Rugby Union after retiring from the game from the last set of injuries (4 broken ribs)Paul is speaking in:
Penelope Coventry is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and an independent consultant based in the U.K., with more than 25 years of industry experience. She focuses on the design, implementation, and development of SharePoint Technology–based solutions. She has worked with SharePoint since 2001 and, in recent years, has lead a team for the ATLAS Consortium on the Defence Information Infrastructure project, provided consultancy services to U.K. Microsoft Gold partners, and trained consultants, administrators, and end-users on Microsoft and Hewlett Packard projects. She has produced SharePoint related courseware for Mindsharp since 2002 and teamed up with Steve Smith of Combined Knowledge to produce several SharePoint related whitepapers. Penny has co-authored a number of books, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrator’s Companion, Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit, the two editions of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Step by Step and the Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007 Step by Step book. Penny has spoken at a number of conferences, at the UK’s SharePoint User Group meetings and is frequently seen at TechEd and IT Forum, either as a Technical Learning guide or at the Ask-the-Experts stands.Penny is speaking in:
Peter is a Solution Architect working primarily with SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP and SQL. He has been working with and implementing Microsoft Technologies since 2004, and lives in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
Peter is involved in organising a number of community events and speaks at community events across the world. He is one of the organisers of the East Anglia Region of the SharePoint User Group UK (www.suguk.org) and also one of the organisers of SQL Saturday in Cambridge.
His working life is spent designing and delivering Microsoft Solutions to companies across the UK and Ireland for ISC Software Solutions (www.isc-software.com). He shares his experiences of these projects at local user group meetings, International events and through his blog at: www.baddaz.com.Peter is speaking in:
Rob Foster is an enterprise architect and MOSS MVP in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BBA in Computer Information Systems and holds several certifications, including MCSD, MCSE, MCDBA, and MCT. In 2000 with the PDC bits in hand, Rob founded the Nashville .NET Users Group (www.nashdotnet.org), which is a charter member of INETA. Rob is a user group leader for the Nashville SharePoint Users Group (www.nashsug.org) and is the regional ISPA evangelist for the US Heartland District. He has been writing and designing .NET applications since version 1.0, as well as implementing SharePoint solutions since SharePoint 2001. In his spare time, Rob enjoys writing books and articles related to .NET and SharePoint. His latest books are “ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Unleashed” and “SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed”, which is a best-selling SharePoint development book. Rob lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA with his wife Leigh and two sons, Andrew and Will.
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Rob Pratt has over 10 years of training/consultancy experience helping companies to make the most of their IT systems. His training experience has included delivery of technical sessions in products such as Windows Server, Active Directory and Exchange, Web and Database design, VB, VBA, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Illustrator and the Office suite.
After delivering training on many different applications Rob has now settled down to specialise in SharePoint. Rob currently spends much of his time teaching Nintex Workflow 2013 online and in the classroom, he also writes most of the course materials used to deliver the Nintex training courses.
Rob has a relaxed training style inviting questions and group participation
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Sam Hassani is a Principal Consultant at BrightStarr in the UK, with the primary goal of working with customers to plan, design and implement solutions built on Microsoft SharePoint. Prior to this Sam worked as a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for 6 years, providing SharePoint on-site proactive support and consulting services with EMEA-based customers. During 2012 Sam was seconded as a Beta Support Engineer working with SharePoint 2013 early adopter customers providing issue support and deployment guidance. Sam was also been heavily involved in providing and delivering SharePoint 2013 readiness for the PFE EMEA team.
Sam obtained the SharePoint 2010 Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification in May 2011, the highest level of SharePoint technical training and knowledge validation.
In addition to his day-to-day work, Hassani has presented varying SharePoint sessions at a variety of technical conferences, such as Microsoft TechEd Europe and the Microsoft SharePoint Conferences in 2011 and 2012.Sam is speaking in:
Spencer Harbar is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost SharePoint authorities. With over 20 years industry experience in the architecture, development, deployment and operational service of applications and hosting platforms, his broad base of fundamental skills routinely enables the world’s largest organizations to succeed with Office 365 and SharePoint. Spencer is the only person to hold all of the Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master and Microsoft Certified Architect certifications for SharePoint, and is a twelve time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award.
He was the content owner and author for one third of the SharePoint MCSM. He is a strong community advocate, supporting and speaking at the UK SharePoint User Group and helping others via his blog, forums and public events such as the SharePoint Conference, TechEd, SharePoint Evolutions and SharePoint Connections.
In his spare time (not much of it) he enjoys photography, reading, cricket, golf, tennis and Scotch whisky. He listens to the Jazz giants of yesteryear and some young blood, and spends time with family and friends in the beautiful capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland, his home town of Manchester, England, and Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.Spencer is speaking in:
Steve Smith ( MVP-SharePoint Server ) is the owner of Combined Knowledge in the UK and Combined Knowledge Asia Pacific providing Microsoft SharePoint Technical Training courses and Consultancy.
Steve is well travelled spending most of last 20 years travelling in the US and South Asia for the companies he owned and worked with including achieving his first qualification with Microsoft technologies on NT 4 and IIS 3 in New Delhi India in 1998 whilst based there for 3 years. Although tinkering with computers since early Teenage years Steve has specialized with Microsoft’s systems since 1996 and been involved in many Microsoft Beta programs including Windows 2000, Exchange 2000 and SharePoint. The last 8 years however has seen a majority of his time with SharePoint and running the Mindsharp and Combined Knowledge SharePoint courses in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, also helping many UK based companies with their SharePoint Implementations including the US Air Force, The Ministry of Defence and Several Blue chip companies. Steve is a Co Organiser of the UK SharePoint User Group www.suguk.org and Co Author of the SharePoint 2007 Administrators Companion from MS Press Steve lives in South Leicestershire, England with his wife and 3 children and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
A consultant and a social scientist focusing on strategy, people, knowledge and technology. Symon works with the some of the world’s leading organisations to develop and implement successful business strategies using Microsoft productivity and cloud technologies.
Symon is a Senior Microsoft Practice Manager EMEA for Wipro a global consultancy, systems integrator and business process outsourcing provider. He also works closely with Microsoft as a Virtual-Technology Solutions Professional providing pre-sales consultancy to Microsoft clients and has been a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint since October 2012.
Symon is a research associate on the Doctorate of Business Administration programme at Henley Business School. His research focuses on Social Business.
An international speaker at Microsoft and SharePoint events, a co-author of the SharePoint 2010 Handbook, author of the Art of SharePoint Success, and a regular columnist for CMSWire. Symon is a co-leader of the London branch of the SharePoint User Group UK
Wes is a Solution Architect at Content and Code, a Microsoft Gold Partner based in London. He has been designing WCM and ECM solutions based on SharePoint and supporting technologies for the last five years. Specialising in social intranet and collaboration solutions Wes has worked with both Tesco and Yorkshire Water to implement a person centric social intranet with advanced social features. In his spare time Wes can be found working on the Community Kit for SharePoint: Development Tools Edition, a Visual Studio extension providing extended development tools for SharePoint.
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